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The 21 Most Memorable Moments from Disney Films

There’s something magical about Disney movies and it isn’t always the happy ending. Disney first started releasing movies in 1937 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and they’ve created a franchise of Disney princesses since.

However, Disney doesn’t just focus on your typical princess fairytale anymore, and there are many moments in a Disney film that both children and adults can find memorable. Sometimes it’s a cute moment between a girl who falls through the rabbit hole, and sometimes it’s an old man finding a scrapbook that his wife has left him.

Whatever the impression Disney films leave on you, there is no question that they will make you laugh and cry. Here are twenty-one of the most memorable scenes from animated and live action Disney films.

1. Miguel Sings to Coco

Credit: Coco/ Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Miguel promises Victor that he won’t let Coco forget him. When he returns he has the story behind the real author of “Remember Me” and has a touching moment with his grandmother.

2. The Mad Hatter Tea Party  

 Credit: Alice In Wonderland/Walt Disney Pictures

Alice in Wonderland is a trippy little film that takes a young girl into a magical world. One of the most iconic and memorable scenes is the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. Sitting at the table with the March Hare and the Dormouse, Alice finds stacks of teacups and treats and is introduced to the idea of a Un-Birthday.

3. Bing Bong Saves Joy and Sadness 

Credit: Inside Out/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Inside Out does a great job of playing with the intricacies of human memory, but nothing is sadder than watching Bing Bong fall into a chasm never to be heard from again. Riley’s bubbly imaginary friend sacrifices himself that Joy can get to control and the moments before he fades from view are some of the saddest we remember.

4. “I Put a Spell on You”

Credit: Hocus Pocus/Walt Disney Pictures

How can you put Bette Middler in a movie about witches and not have her enchant a Halloween Party with a song? When Winifred Sanderson breaks out into a witch-y rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” in Hocus Pocus it seems like the only appropriate reaction would be for the party-goers to think that it was an act. The scene is a good romp and spectacle.

5. Moana Faces Te Ka 

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Like most Disney films, Moana will make you laugh and cry, but nothing is more touching than the moment that she realizes Te Ka and Ne Fiti are one and the same. When she asks the sea to part so she can restore the heart it’s a beautiful moment with soft singing as she places her head against Te Ka’s. In this moment, Moana shows us that sometimes you have to face your fears in order to get to your goals.

6. Have Courage and Be Kind

  

Credit: Cinderella/Walt Disney Pictures

The live-action Cinderella added a scene where Ella’s mother told her to have courage and be kind. The touching scene fills a void not often seen in retellings of fairytales and lets the audience start off the movie a little teary-eyed.

7. Mia Thermopolis Finds Out She’s a Princess  

Credit: The Princess Diaries/Walt Disney Pictures

Who can forget the moment that Mia Thermopolis sat across from her grandmother and was told she was the Princess of Genovea? The only thing more iconic than Anne Hathaway’s, “Shut up!” is Julie Andrews’s choking on her tea afterwards.

8. Nemo Escapes

Credit: Finding Nemo/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Getting Nemo home is an effort on all sides. The scene in Finding Nemo where the tank crew attempt to save him from Darla, aided by the fortunate timing of his dad is a scene that is both comedic and iconic.

9. Mulan Saves China 

Credit: Mulan/Walt Disney Pictures

Mulan is a movie all about a girl who subverts expectation and then demolishes them when she saves her country. The final battle scene is a well-executed, earned ending with a bit of the humor that Mulan had at the beginning of her story and a clear mission. Her chant of “Get off the roof! Get off the roof!” as she runs from the oncoming explosion is a particularly nice touch.

10. Merida Shoots for Her Own Hand 

Credit: Brave/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Until Merida, most Disney and Pixar princesses had a prince. Brave’s Merida was the first Disney princess to defy expectation and fight for her freedom. The moment when she marches into the archery competition and declares she’ll shoot for her own hand is one that we’ll always remember.

11. Feed the Birds  

Credit: Mary Poppins/Walt Disney Pictures

Mary Poppins’s song about a woman who sells crumbs to feed the birds sounds like a nice lullaby for the Banks children until the children see her the next day. Rather than open a bank account, they decide they’d rather feed the birds. Soon the lullaby turns into a lesson on banking. The result of these scenes is a bank run.

12. Roger Saves Lucky

Credit: 101 Dalmatians/Walt Disney Pictures

The scene is so quiet while Pongo and Purdy’s puppies are born in 101 Dalmatians. Pongo is waiting by the door expectedly for news. Nanny comes in and out for a towel. The clock is ticking. The thunder is crashing. Roger is sitting in the corner smoking his pipe.

There’s a moment of jubilation as Nanny rushes out to announce the arrival of the puppies. Eight. Ten. Eleven. Thirteen. Fourteen. Fifteen. Then the joy falls when Nanny presents Roger with one puppy that didn’t make it. Roger resuscitates the puppy, and as it crawls out from the blanket and shouts, “We still have fifteen!”

13. Quasimodo Claims Sanctuary  

Credit: The Hunchback of Notre Dame/Walt Disney Pictures

There’s the kind of sanitizing Disney does to Grimm’s fairytales and then there’s trying to clean up Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The climactic scene in which Quasimodo breaks out of his chains and rescues Esmeralda from the fire, and scales the cathedral is an epic spectacle.

14. Wall-E Cares for Eve After Finding the Plant

Credit: Wall-E/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Wall-E was alone on Earth before he met Eve, and when Eve shut down after finding a plant he wasn’t sure what to do. The montage of Wall-E pushing the floating Eve around is a sweet montage of the last two beings on Earth that is both funny and heart-breaking at the same time.

15. Carl Finds Ellie’s Adventure Book

Credit: Up/Walt Disney Pictures & Pixar

Up starts with Carl and Ellie’s story, and it’s only fair that their love boosts him into the climax of the show. Carl finds the Adventure Book and places the image of Paradise Falls with the house on the cliff in the front. Then flips through to find that Ellie has filled it with photos from their life together. On the last page, she writes “Thanks for the Adventure. Now go have a new one.”

16. Remember Who You Are

Credit: The Lion King/Walt Disney Pictures

The Lion King is a classic Disney tale, but the moment Rafiki lets Simba speak to Mufasa’s spirit is heartbreaking. The idea of Mufasa living within Simba is a touching one, and the words used are so gentle.

17. Woodland Creatures Help Snow White Clean the House 

Credit: Snow White and the Seven Dwarves /Walt Disney Pictures

There are so many problematic themes in Snow White, but the one scene that always sticks out from this film is how the woodland creatures help her clean the house. This magical moment enchants younger audiences and leaves younger audiences wondering why, no matter how they sing, they can’t summon woodland creatures to help them clean the house.

18. True Love Melts Anna’s Frozen Heart  

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At the center of Frozen is Elsa and Anna’s sisterhood, and it’s no surprise that it’s key to the end of the story. Anna stepping in front of Klaus and saving Elsa is a very moving act that in turn thaws her frozen heart, and gives Elsa an idea for how she can end Arendale’s winter.

19. Bella Note Spaghetti Dinner

Credit: Lady and the Tramp/Walt Disney Pictures

Lady and the Tramp’s Tony is such a dog person! Sitting the dogs at the table and ordering spaghetti and meatballs for them, then serenading them as they eat is so heartfelt. Plus, the silent dinner interaction between the two dogs is a lot of fun to watch.

20. Giselle Arrives in New York City

Credit: Enchanted/Walt Disney Pictures

Enchanted gave us a gift, Amy Adams as a singing princess in a big white dress running through busy New York City streets. If you ever wondered how a Disney princess would react to the real work, Giselle’s amazement and confusion as she climbs out of a manhole cover in a puffy white wedding dress will answer that question.

21. You Can Fly

Credit: Peter Pan/Walt Disney Pictures

What child doesn’t want to fly? The scene where Peter Pan teaches the Darling children to fly is a memorable Disney moment because of how uplifting it is. The idea that all a person needs to fly is a happy thought is so magical that you can’t help but smile.

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Dangerous: Cartels Are Using TikTok To Lure Young People

If you’ve ever wondered what someone with a bulletproof vest and an AR-15 would look like flossing — the dance, not the method of dental hygiene — apparently the answer to that question can be found on TikTok.

Unfortunately, it’s not as a part of some absurdist sketch comedy or surreal video art installation. Instead, it’s part of a growing trend of drug cartels in Mexico using TikTok as a marketing tool. Nevermind the fact that Mexico broke grim records last year for the number of homicides and cartel violence, the cartels have found an audience on TikTok and that’s a serious cause for concern.

Mexican cartels are using TikTok to gain power and new recruits.

Just a couple of months ago, a TikTok video showing a legit high-speed chase between police and drug traffickers went viral. Although it looked like a scene from Netflix’s Narcos series, this was a very real chase in the drug cartel wars and it was viewed by more than a million people.

Typing #CartelTikTok in the social media search bar brings up thousands of videos, most of them from people promoting a “cartel culture” – videos with narcocorridos, and presumed members bragging about money, fancy cars and a luxury lifestyle.

Viewers no longer see bodies hanging from bridges, disembodied heads on display, or highly produced videos with messages to their enemies. At least not on TikTok. The platform is being used mainly to promote a lifestyle and to generate a picture of luxury and glamour, to show the ‘benefits’ of joining the criminal activities.

According to security officials, the promotion of these videos is to entice young men who might be interested in joining the cartel with images of endless cash, parties, military-grade weapons and exotic pets like tiger cubs.

Cartels have long used social media to shock and intimidate their enemies.

And using social media to promote themselves has long been an effective strategy. But with Mexico yet again shattering murder records, experts on organized crime say Cartel TikTok is just the latest propaganda campaign designed to mask the blood bath and use the promise of infinite wealth to attract expendable young recruits.

“It’s narco-marketing,” said Alejandra León Olvera, an anthropologist at Spain’s University of Murcia, in a statement to the New York Times. The cartels “use these kinds of platforms for publicity, but of course it’s hedonistic publicity.”

Mexico used to be ground zero for this kind of activity, where researchers created a new discipline out of studying these narco posts. Now, gangs in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, and the United States are also involved.

A search of the #CartelTikTok community and its related accounts shows people are responding. Public comments from users such as “Y’all hiring?” “Yall let gringos join?” “I need an application,” or “can I be a mule? My kids need Christmas presents,” are on some of the videos.

One of the accounts related to this cartel community publicly answered: “Of course, hay trabajo para todos,” “I’ll send the application ASAP.” “How much is the pound in your city?” “Follow me on Instagram to talk.” The post, showing two men with $100 bills and alcohol, had more than a hundred comments.

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